Federal Recognition
Jumano Apaches in Texas seek federal recognition

A group of Jumano Apaches in west Texas is seeking federal recognition.

The Jumanos hope to establish a headquarters and school in Redford, near the U.S.-Mexico border. Tribal leaders say they want to bring jobs in an area with 40 percent unemployment.

Jumano leaders acknowledge the difficulty in making their case. Many blended in with Mexicans in order to survive. Others joined different Apache bands.

The tribe filed a letter of intent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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West Texans seek official status as tribe (The San Antonio News-Express 9/13)